AUGUST 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM RULES THE SUGAR FREE GUMBALL MARKET

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — Ford Gum & Machine Company has debuted its Carousel brand SUGAR FREE GUMBALLS in a 9-oz. stand-up pouch that is line priced with its popular 18-oz. Carousel Gumball Refills. Ford Gum is the first and only manufacturer of sugar free gumballs and is pleased to be able to meet the growing demand for sugar free products.

Carousel brand SUGAR FREE GUMBALLS appeal to kids and adults looking for great taste in a sugar free gumball. Carousel SUGAR FREE GUMBALLS, with zero sugar carbs, will also appeal to consumers seeking low-carb products, with zero sugar carbs.

“The growth of the sugar free gum market has been dramatic over the past several years,” says Steve Gold, Sr. Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Consumers have been requesting a sugar free gumball to refill the millions of Carousel Gumball Machines already in their homes. As the only manufacturer of sugar free gumballs, Ford Gum has stepped up to meet that demand.”

Carousel SUGARFREE GUMBALLS are packaged in a convenient stand-up pouch, which can also be merchandised in the pegboard section. It is packed 12-pouches per case. MSRP is $2.79—$2.99.

Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium gum and confectionery products. For more information on any Ford Gum products, contact Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc., Sales & Marketing offices at 640 Margarte Dri ve, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Phone: 847-955-0003. Fax: 847-955-0004. Website: www.fordgum.com. E-mail: sales@fordgum.com

Corporate Contact:
Steve Gold, Sr. V.P. Sales & Marketing
Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc.
(847) 955-0003
sales@fordgum.com

Media Contact:
Harmon Berns
Paramark
(847) 441-5948
harmon.berns@comcast.net